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Monday, March 1st: The First Lady will address the School Nutrition Association's Legislative Action Conference to discuss the importance of school nutrition as part of the recently launched Let's Move! Campaign. Many children consume as many as half of their daily calories at school. With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents food service workers in more than 75% of the nation's schools, has joined the Let's Move! Campaign. Working with other education partners, SNA has committed to increasing education and awareness of the dangers of obesity among their members and the students they serve, and ensuring that the nutrition programs in 10,000 schools meet the Healthier US School Challenge standards over the next five years. This 2 pm EST event - held at the JW Marriott in Washington DC - is open press.

Tuesday, March 2nd: First Lady Michelle Obama will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel at the NEA's 2010 Read Across America Day to spread the importance of reading and education. In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Mrs. Obama will read one of his books and then take questions from the audience of children with Secretary Duncan. This 10:45 AM event is open press.

Wednesday, March 3rd: The First Lady will travel to Jackson, Mississippi and be joined by Governor Haley Barbour and Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour at a local school to discuss ways to promote healthy schools as part of the recently launched Let's Move! Campaign. One prong of the initiative focuses on promoting healthy eating, nutrition education, and physical activity in schools - all elements of the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge program. The First Lady will visit an elementary school and hear from officials and experts about state and local efforts to combat childhood obesity. Media coverage details will be announced next week.


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